Couple die after getting stuck in home lift

An elderly couple died in the US when they got stuck in a lift in their home.

Sherwood and Caroline Wadsworth, from St Simons Island, Georgia, in the US, found themselves trapped with no way to call for help as temperatures rose in the lift until they finally died from heat exhaustion.

Post-mortem examinations on the elderly couple – he was 90, she was 89 - pointed to a tragic end to lives they shared for more than 60 years.

Police estimated they had been dead for at least four days before a newspaper deliverer called authorities out of concern that papers had piled up by their garage.

Investigators were trying to determine what turned a lift into a death trap inside the Wadsworths’ three-storey home overlooking Georgia’s coastal marshes.

Glynn County coroner Jimmy Durden said yesterday he estimated temperatures in the lift reached 35C.

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